Queen’s experts to share environmental knowledge with Chinese officials
Three Queen’s University experts will be meeting with Chinese officials in Shanghai to showcase Canada’s expertise on environmental governance and to raise environmental awareness.
Peter Sylvester, Peter Harrison, and Zhiyao Zhang are having talks with Chinese representatives at the Roundtable for Environmental Governance in Canada and China.
“Queen’s professors and Canada can offer a lot when it comes to environmental issues in China,” says Dr. Zhang, the Queen's-China liaison officer who is based full-time in China. “Canada is well respected for environmental protection. Canadian best practises can be shared with China, as the country faces unprecedented challenges in protecting their natural environment of land, air and water.”
Dr. Harrison, director of the Queen’s School of Policy Studies, is hoping to connect with Chinese scholars and policy makers and further understand the issues of China’s environment.
They will discuss issues important to both China and Canada, including land use, water management, traditional knowledge in environmental protection, environmental assessment and public participation.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Queen’s to share its knowledge and build relationships in China. I look forward to meeting my Chinese counterparts and I believe Canadians have a lot of expertise that they can greatly benefit from,” says Dr. Harrison who is also a former federal deputy minister in Natural Resources Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The Queen’s experts are meeting with a mix of government and academic representatives, including people from Fudan University, Shanghai Municipal Environment Bureau, and Shanghai International Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Park.
Queen’s has been working to expand its links with China in the past few years. The school’s formal academic and research links with Fudan University in Shanghai began in 2000, and in 2007 Queen’s became the first Canadian university to open an office in China.
“China is clearly booming and emerging as a force in the world. The country is important to Canada in terms of trade and immigration so it’s vital for Queen’s to be involved with the China and for our students to have opportunities to experience it,” says John Dixon, Vice-Provost (International).
The official opening of the Fudan Centre for Canadian Public Policy Studies, established with encouragement from Queen’s, coincides with the roundtable talks.